Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Raspberry Icicle


Gene Davis, Raspberry Icicle (detail), 1967, acrylic on canvas

"It's hard to talk about color. To say 'yellow, maroon, violet, brown, khaki, white, sky blue, brown ...' does not really indicate what it's like to look at 'Raspberry Icicle,' for instance. You can speak of Davis' reaching for extremes, of his simultaneous yearning for the saucy and the innocent, of the debts he owed to others. But no matter how you wrestle with the evidence he gives, you cannot explain his colors. He could make them soft as mist (look at 'Monet's Window'). He could make them bright as trumpet blares, or give them the somber dignity of a duke's gray worsted suit (look at 'Voodoo'). He could work with 50 colors (in 'Moondog,' for example), or make do with only two. It is his colors that astound, that make you smile, or mourn." ~ Paul Richard, Washington Post

5 comments:

  1. ...oh, I thought that it was ribbon candy!

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  2. Who knew there were so many coloured stripe combinations with so many interpretations RR!

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  3. Haha now I have the song Ned Flanders of the Simpsons sings after he gets his vinyl back when Marge holds her flea market in my ear! Oh, thanks for that ;-)

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